Leaving Islam




The Comments


I must confess that it has not been easy for me to deal with this article. I had downloaded and printed it on the fourth day of the New Year, and put it aside to deal with some urgent matters. But I could not leave it aside, and had to share it, as mentioned above, in an (attenuated) English version. It is normal for me, before keying in these words, to first respond mentally, and in Arabic. This well-known proverb came instantly to my mind: “Darabani, wa-baka; sabaqani, wa’shtaka.” Being interpreted, “He slapped me in the face, and he cried; then, he went ahead and laid charges against me!” In plain English, “Attack is the best defence.” 

Why did he write, at the beginning of 2006, such an irresponsible article? Is this the most urgent need for the readers of this sophisticated Arab online daily? Why inflame them with misinformation and disinformation?  

The article wanted to portray the State of Württemberg as treating Muslims applying for citizenship in a discriminatory manner. Here is the proof: this specific test, which includes an oral examination, is not required from prospective applicants if they happen to be Indians or Chinese. Wow! That is unacceptable to him! But doesn’t our esteemed writer realize that Muslims, no matter where they settle, carry in their baggage a uniquely political and exclusivist conviction? The authorities in the State of Württemberg know very well that Islam is not merely a religion, such as the Hinduism of Indians, or the Confucianism of the Chinese. Islam is religion plus state plus culture, in one indivisible entity. This has always been the case throughout the last 1400 years. All that the Württemberg authorities are requiring from Muslims seeking German citizenship is to jettison the political component of Islam. This component is inadmissible in any democratic country.  

Then, to keep on harping on the continued influence of the Crusades upon the present thinking of Europeans actually reflects the extreme fascination of Muslims, and especially of Arab Muslims, with the Crusader wars. The same thing applies to resurrecting the events that followed 1492, when the Spanish monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella finally united their country and brought to an end 700 years of Islamic colonialism! The underlying thought of the article is shocking, and must never be forgotten: Muslims believe in their divine right of world conquest. And once a land comes into the sphere of Daru’l Islam, it must never be lost to the hated Infidels. 

I laughed a great deal when the writer dragged in Bernard Lewis, and conferred on him the honorary degree of “Sheikh.” Though in all honesty, I should add that this Arabic word has several meanings, and only in one of them, it has a pejorative sense; and this was the intention of the writer. Anyhow, I would never consider Mr. Lewis as the chief of Western sinners against Islam. Over the years, I have appreciated most of his writings; but he certainly has some serious blind spots in his historiography. For example, he continues in his denial of the Armenian Genocide before and during WWI that took place in the Ottoman Turkish Empire. And he remains silent about the infamous Ottoman institute of the Devshirme* that impacted the Christian communities in the Balkans for centuries.  

Finally, I was pleased, very pleased, when I noticed that among the many responses to the article, two confirmed my own evaluation and criticism of the article, “A Slap in the Face of Muslims.” It was an over-reaction to the news from Germany, and contrary to the real facts of life as observed by certain honest and frank Arab residents in the West. 

So, here are their comments. The first one comes from a resident of the United States, whose name indicates that he is Muslim by faith. 

“The vast majority of Arab and Muslim immigrants in both Europe and America have no desire to belong to, or become a part of the countries whose governments have given them the privilege to live with dignity and prosperity. This is why we find that such crimes as counterfeiting and embezzlement, are rife among Arabs and Muslims in these lands. The most serious thing to observe is that an Arab or a Muslim who resorts to counterfeiting and embezzlement does not experience any pangs of conscience, and is not deterred by any moral or religious impulse. On the contrary, he considers these countries that had opened their doors to welcome him, as lands of the Infidel; thus he has the right to commit such crimes within their borders!” 

The second response came from a Muslim medical doctor in Sweden:  

“My dear teacher, you are expected to be an objective columnist, so why are you manifesting such a one-sided position impelled by purely emotional reasons? 

“It is perfectly within the right of any European state to investigate any person seeking its citizenship to ascertain whether he is committed to positions that threaten the welfare of these societies. 

“For example, many a European Muslim while living in the country that has admitted him, given him social security, and looked after his children by providing them with food and free medicine; yet at the same time, he goes on bragging that he owes no allegiance to such a country, on the pretext that it is a non-Islamic land. 

“It is within the right of these countries to require those seeking their citizenship to submit to loyalty tests. I would not even blame them if they demanded the applicants to submit also to lie-detection tests, prior to granting them citizenship.  

“Now foreigners passing through Arab and Muslim lands are expected to show respect for our traditions and culture. Is it then too much to expect a Muslim seeking European citizenship to show more respect for the traditions of the societies that have given him shelter?  

“It is high time that we no longer imagine that any requirements such as those of the State of Württemberg are to be considered as a declaration of war against Islam and the Muslims.”  

I trust that by sharing with you excerpts from the article of January 4th, 2006, I managed to reveal once again, the simmering and shocking animus toward the West, which is deeply embedded in the Arab-Muslim mind. Not a good prospect for peaceful relations to flourish between Islam and the West!  

*For centuries, the Ottoman authorities in the Balkans forcibly took young boys from their families, Islamized them, and placed them in the elite army corps of the Janissaries. 







Articles Op-ed Authors Debates Leaving Islam FAQ
Comments Library Gallery Video Clips Books Sina's Challenge

  ©  copyright You may translate and publish the articles in this site only if you provide a link to the original page.